Citizens Soap Box

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City Images wishes to know what's on your mind... Speak up, citizens!

This originates from the days when individuals would stand on a wooden crate used for shipment of soap or any other dry goods from a manufacturer to a distributor.

So, we want to know what's bugging you? Write to your heart's content.

What's keeping you up at night and worth sharing with the online community?

The truth is many of our leaders don’t know enough about what we want and need. Your stories help them better understand the value of the taxes you and your families pay to support your area.

We’ve already sent multiple messages to our elected leaders. And each time you send legislators your thoughts, they get the message: we want fair and clear rules for all our citizens.

Now, it’s your turn to make your voice be HEARD!!!

Donald Trump gets to treat everyone around him, from his aides to the press to the people targeted by his policies, as his own personal punching bag because he’s never been confronted with anyone more powerful than he is who punches back.

Forgetting Sessions

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I know that some folks forget, aren't really present, or at least paying attention during important sessions, so I was wondering how the Congress deals with it while this elected body represents We the People of The United States of America.

Case in point, former US Senator and Attorney General Jeff Sessions tried to defend himself and the firing of Comey, by saying he did not recall and thereby remaining mum on most everything else, unlike his boss who often says something different

I AM A NEW YORKER

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I am a New Yorker
I do not live in the five boroughs or on the Island or Upstate
I may live hundreds or thousands of miles away
Or I may live just over the GW Bridge
But I am a New Yorker nonetheless

I am a New Yorker
Whatever took me out of New York:
Business, family or hating the cold
did not take New York out of me.
My accent may have faded and my pace may have slowed
But I am a New Yorker

I am a New Yorker
I was raised on Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and Rockefeller
Plaza,
The Yankees or the Mets
Orchard, Jones or Rye Beach or other beaches on the sound

Learning 4 Rs

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Reading, ’riting, ’rithmetic, rhetoric are the main subjects all students should master before they graduate, with no exceptions.

These are regarded as the fundamentals of education of basic knowledge, or skills of any system or field of study regardless of the language.

Happy Anniversary?

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Feliz Cumpleaños, 生日快乐, Happy Birthday @POTUS... It has now been a year since @realDonaldTrump began his transformation. Today is the first day of the rest of president Trump's political life as he marks the one-year anniversary since he upset Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election.

While some things remain the same from last year’s campaign, such as Trump’s critiques of the establishment and his Twitter tirades. Since taking the oath of office he has tweeted too many times including deleted and retweets. Trump has tweeted 2,461 times since the election. Here's a breakdown of his Twitter use https://usat.ly/2hQfS8a

I worked in Washington, DC as a GM/15-10 while serving under a Republican president, but I have no political affiliation. I can tell you that Trump has transformed our national capital into a city of cultural warfare and abuses the term “fake news” to alienate real journalism like no one has seen since Richard Nixon and remember what happened to him.

I'm no politician, but over the years as a veteran journalist, I have seen up close and personal some of the most famous as well as the infamous ones. From very real presidents to appalling dictators.

There is a difference between being president and acting more or less presidential. There is also a "Bigly" aka really huge difference between so-called reality TV and broadcast journalism. One is the real deal and the other can often be staged to fool viewers. Believe me, that I can tell you!

Spring Weather Warnings

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Our introduction to Spring plans to bring more snow, and slush. This will make for treacherous and stormy trails on First Day of Spring.

NY, NJ and CT residents have waited eagerly for Spring, but it may be marred by a slushy, wintry storms and wicked weather no one wants.

Long Island Sound area residents may see as much as 6 inches of accumulation before Friday evening. A slushy 4 inches are probable in New York City, on Long Island and in parts of New Jersey. NYC has issued a snow alert ahead of the storm. Friday are expected to cap out at slightly above the freezing mark.

Cannabis and Cannabinoids

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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine released a new report on the health effects of marijuana, looking at more than 10,000 studies about medical and recreational use. It is considered to be the most comprehensive since 1999.

These released Health Effects of Cannabis and Cannabinoids: The Current State of Evidence and Recommendations for Research.

Significant changes have taken place in the policy landscape surrounding cannabis legalization, production, and use.

BLOOMBERG ERA FINALLY ENDING

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NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg's three term and 12 year reign is finally wrapping up, with less than a week before election day. Some of Mike's laurels include 450 miles of bike lanes, the creation of seating areas at locations that once held only cars, a smoking ban in restaurants, as well as bars and the requirement of food chains to post calorie counts, also 311, control of the public school system... etc.

BRONX LEGIONAIRES DISEASE

News

Public health officials are warning that a bacterial pneumonia first identified after an outbreak at an American Legion meeting back in 1976, has reappeared in The Bronx and fear that it could be spreading. It is found chiefly by water droplets through air conditioning and similar systems.

Thirty-one cases in The Bronx sections of High Bridge, Morrisania, Hunts Point and Mott Haven have been treated, according to Health Department officials. Two of the people stricken have died.

Meteor Shower

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Meteor shower competes with the Moon during this August sky light and special effects show. This weekend is the right time to drag a chair, or blanket out and do a little stargazing.

The Perseid meteor shower, which begins Friday night and stretches into Saturday night, will have a higher-than-usual rate of about 150 meteors per hour. Unfortunately, some of the duller meteors will be canceled out by the brightness of the moon, which will be about three-quarters full. The shower happens annually when the Earth passes through remnants from the Comet Swift-Tuttle.

Mixed 2015 Forecast For US

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As Americans prepare to celebrate the end of 2014, and bring in 2015 there's good and bad news from the National Weather Service. http://www.noaa.gov/

First, the good news... New Year’s Day has no chance of precipitation for that time period. So folks won’t have to deal with snow or rain on New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day.

Now for the bad news, it’s finally going to begin to feel like winter just in time for New Year’s Eve. The cold weather and low temps for the last night of 2014 calls for temperatures in the high teens. New Year’s Day will be sunny with a high in the low 30s.

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Query

Is the poem the only one in the Citizens' Soap Box? Where are the rest, if any?

DEAR LADY

Dear Lady standing by the sea
You are a welcome sight to see
I have left the walls and shores of tyranny
And now I gaze at thee
You stand so tall for all to see
Your burning torch lights up the night
So all can see your Crown of Liberty
We who have come from across the sea
Stand on crowded decks to gaze at thee
I know that if by chance you gaze at me
My only wish is to be free
Dear Lady standing by the sea.

By City Islander Jim Mullarkey
82nd Airborne Division